Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kava Plant May Treat Anxiety

 

An extract from the kava plant can treat people with chronic anxiety, an study from Australia finds.

Patients with generalized anxiety disorder who took kava extract tablets for six weeks showed a significant reduction in their symptoms, compared with a control group that took placebo pills, the results showed.

The study confirms previous findings showing the anti-anxiety effects of kava, a psychoactive plant native to the Pacific region.

Kava is culturally important among many Pacific Islanders, and is used in rituals and ceremonies. Consuming kava may induce a mild sedation and euphoria, a numbing effect and enhanced social interaction. It is prepared in various forms, such as grinding the plant or brewing its roots.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/34497-kava-anxiety-treatment.html

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